Buhari Mourns As Ex-NNPC GMD Baru Dies At 60

NNPC GMD Dr Maikanti Baru

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent condolences to the family, friends and associates of the immediate past Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru.

Baru died on Friday night in Abuja following a brief illness. Buhari also commiserated wit the Government of Bauchi State as well as the Management and staff of the NNPC over Baru’s death. The president, through a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, recalled Baur’s immense contributions to the development of the nation’s oil and gas industry, especially how he reorganized the NNPC while in the saddle as GMD.

The NNPC reorganization,he said,ensured ”stability in the oil sector in Nigeria, with a more guaranteed supply and predictable price regime that weakened unscrupulous parallel marketers, especially during festive seasons.”

The President prayed that the almighty God “will receive the soul of the departed, grant eternal rest, and comfort all who mourn him.” Baru’s successor, Mallam Mele Kyari expressed shock over the sudden death of the man he described as “my brother, my friend and my mentor.” He also described the deceased as a consummate mechanical engineer and a man of exemplary character and disposition.

Baru, 60, was at the helm of the Corporation from July 4th 2016 to July 7th 2019 died after a brief illness in an Abuja hospital. He was born in July 1959 in Misau, Bauchi State and attended Federal Government College, Jos for his secondary education.

He later proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University,Zaria from where he graduated in 1978 with a bachelor of engineering degree. He also attended University of Sussex in the United Kingdom,getting a doctorate in Computer Aided Engineering. He was the 18th GMD of NNPC.


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